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Poems and Rhymes
Celebrate the joy of books by starting to read poems as early as your child can hear your own voice, the minute you can hold him or her in your arms.


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Tomie’s Baa Baa Black Sheep and Other Rhymes

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Putnam Juvenile 2004

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

A board book filled with well known nursery rhymes (Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet and Hey, Diddle, Diddle and Baa Baa Black Sheep) will become your favorite read aloud together especially as you bounce your baby on your lap. MORE...


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Llama Llama Misses Mama

by Anna Dewdney

Penguin Young Readers Group 2009

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

It's the first day of nursery school, and Llama experiences separation anxiety from her mother. This is the perfect book to help a child bridge the transition between home and school. MORE...


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Handsprings

by Douglas Florian

Illustrated by Douglas Florian

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: All ages

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

Filled with poems and child-like drawings, this is a perfect book to welcome spring.

“Sometimes warm
And sometimes chilly
Spring is silly daffodilly”

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Book!

by Kristine O’Connell George

Illustrated by Maggie Smith

Clarion Books 2001

Ages: Birth to 3

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

In addition to being read, a book can be opened, hugged and cherished as a gift. This poem, vividly illustrated, captures a toddler’s first magical and imaginative encounters with a book. MORE...


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America My New Home

by Monica Gunning

Illustrated by Ken Condon

Boyds Mills Press 2004

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

These poems bring to light the longing a child has for her Caribbean home and life in Jamaica as well as the excitement of the welcoming new home in America. It is the same theme that Pearl Buck once wrote about in her novel My Several Worlds, Monica Gunning captures the new life of an immigrant in America in an upbeat manner. She writes about the library, the symphony, the Statue of Liberty and the fresh new fallen snow. The chalk illustrations enrich the poems. MORE...


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The Llama who had No Pajama - 100 Favorite Poems

by Mary Ann Hoberman

Illustrated by Betty Fraser

Browndeer Press 1998

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

What a marvelous collection of poems for young children! This book is enchanting and the poems catch the essence of childhood from eating applesauce to climbing trees and observing animals at the zoo. MORE...


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A Kick in the Head : An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

by Paul B. Janeczko

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Candlewick 2005

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

Following their starred book, A Poke in the I, which focused on concrete poems, this special volume explores poetic forms, all 29 of them, one or two poems per spread. This is an incredible resource for your child and especially for writer’s workshop in schools. It can be used as a primer for beginning and budding poets. The parade of creative collage and pen and ink illustrations marches through the pages and accents each poem perfectly. MORE...


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A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

by Caroline Kennedy

Illustrated by John J. Muth

Hyperion 2005

Ages: All ages

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

This collection of more than 100 poems selected so thoughtfully by Caroline Kennedy and framed into sections (About me, That’s So Silly, The Seashore, Adventure, Animals, The Seasons and Bedtime) is a family treasure you must own. MORE...


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Yellow Elephant : A Bright Bestiary

by Julie Larios

Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

All the colors, turquoise lizard, pink kitty and yellow elephant to name a few, are depicted in poems about animals, encouraging children to use their imaginations and to see the familiar in surprising new ways. MORE...


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There's Always Pooh and Me

by A.A. Milne

Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Dutton 2003

Ages: 3 to 5

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

This elegant collection brings together 23 of the best loved poems of A.A. Milne. With the original illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard, the page layout is distinguished and the gold end papers make this a “must” for gift giving and this edition should be in every home library. MORE...